I was on holiday for a week. My mom had visited us for the first time here in Iceland (I haven't seen her since May). We were talking a lot in the evenings and also watching movies, the kind of movies you want to watch with your mom. Before she came, I only watched one (1!) movie in the last two and a half years, so I really needed this now. I didn't draw too much, but it's OK, because I was exhausted before, and I could use this rest.
Movies are great for allowing your mind to shift from your daily struggles, I have to do this more often. It's good for creativity too, to be put aside for a little while. It felt good to draw again after six days. I also had more ideas and realised that #96sketches is a perfect project for experimenting with different techniques and discovering new ways of creating art. When drawing this latest piece I noticed how comfortable it is to detract things from a bulk of material. This might be the root cause of why I love linocutting so much. And I guess this is what a sculptor feels when he or she is carving a stone. It also reminded me of one of my favourite books, "Terre des Hommes" ("Wind, Sand and Starts" in English) from Exupéry. In that he says: "It seems that perfection is attained, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away." – when he's talking about the design of a plane. I love how things are connected, especially when you're involved in art. Movies, drawing, sculpting, writing, design, music – they all inspire each other, and I find it beautiful. This is the main reason why I decided to make art again. It opens up my eyes and heart at the same time, and makes me more sensitive to everything that's happening around and inside me.